Friday, March 11, 2011
"Live is not lost by dying, life is lost...in all the small, uncaring ways." Stephen Vincent Benet
"Worth Dying For," is more than just another thriller. In a sense, is a morality tale with good against a despicable evil.
The premise of Jack Reacher arriving in a small Nebraska town and helping the defenseless residents was alluring.
Reacher is pitted against the Duncan family who have strong-armed the local population into submission. The town sank into its sesspool of lethargy and neglect, so slowly that it happened before they were aware of it. There are no police in the town. The county police are sixty miles away and attempt to avoid the Duncan area whenever possible.
As the story continued, I began to feel that there was almost a Biblical component to Reacher. He becomes Sampson, using his towering strength to battle the Duncans who are the Philestines, utilizing a group of strong armed enforcers to guaranty their word was obeyed. Could this Sampson like character evoke his power against the Duncan gang that had caused such unhappiness in the community?
Once Reacher takes a stand against the Duncans, he is prevented from leaving the town. The goal of the Duncans seems to be to make him pay for daring to challange their supreme authority.
Further layers are revealed. The Duncans are awaiting a shipment of a commodity that is unknown to the reader but in great demand by the Duncans and those to whom the Duncans supply. Members of the supply group attempt to gain an upper hand and contribute to Reacher's capture and elimination.
The novel moves swiftly as Reacher attempts to have a small group of residents who have some backbone, stand up against their persecutors.
The scenario was well described and tension grew as the shipment was getting closer and the evil forces banned together against Reacher.
This is a well done novel that adds to Reacher's legend. Enjoyable to the end with some well placed surprises.
Check out the above Amazon review.